Postdoc position in Observational Cosmology

The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) at DTU-Space and the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen opens a postdoc position in observational cosmology, to work with the High – z Universe Working Group of the JWST/MIRI GTO team. The successful candidate will be employed at DTU-Space as part of the Division of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics at the Technical University of Denmark. DTU Space is involved in JWST, both in providing hard ware for the mission and in setting up the High – z Universe part of the MIRI GTO program. This program contains a MIRI Deep Imaging Survey and spectroscopy of selected high redshift galaxies within the Epoch of Reionization. Deep NIRCam imaging will cover the MIRI imaging observations. In parallel to the MIRI Deep Imaging Survey, deep NIRCam imaging and NIRISS slitless observations will be collected.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate is expected to

    Provide substantial support to the preparation of the reduction and the scientific analysis of the data from the MIRI High – z Universe GTO program, mainly from the imaging partFormulate and execute observational programs on the large observation facilities e.g. VLT, ALMA, HST, relevant for the interpretation of the MIRI/NIRCam observationsParticipate in both national and international activities associated with the Cosmic Dawn Center of ExcellenceAttract external funding

Cosmic Dawn is a new international basic research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, dedicated to uncovering how and when the first galaxies, stars and black holes formed. Dawn is located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and at the National Space Institute of the Danish Technical University (DTU Space), and collaborates closely with associate institutions in North America, Europe and Australia. The center has active and diverse visitor and workshop programs. A description of the centers scientific goals and team members can be found at the centers webpage (

DTU Space has been involved in the James Webb Space Telescope since 2003, mainly in the development of the Mid InfraRed Instrument MIRI and in the preparation of the MIRI Guaranteed Time Observations within the MIRI High – z Universe Working Group


    Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent)The applicant must demonstrate a solid background in observational cosmologyThe applicant must demonstrate experience in reducing and analyzing near/mid infrared imaging observations

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The appointment will be for a period of 3 years

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Hans Ulrik Nørgaard – Nielsen, +45 4525 9728 or Thomas Greve, +45 45259688.

You can read more about DTU Space at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2018. 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

    Application (cover letter)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astrophysics.

DTU Space has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 130 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. DTU Space uses space as a base for research and technology development in order to learn more about the Universe and Earth, to study climate and environment on Earth and create results and technologies that benefit society.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

Deadline: 15 December 2018
Unit: DTU Space
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Saturday December 15th, 2018